Originally Posted by Utah49
The more I read these threads the more I come to think that many people who move here excect to be over whelmed by Mormons. After living here 10 years I find this whole thing a un-issue. But if you pre judge moving here then you better stay right where you are. I would rather live with Mormons then live in some nasty climate east coast city with to much traffic,high cost of living,a long cummute, gangs and a high crime rate. Then again thats just me.
Boy, Utah49, I couldn't agree with you more.
My wife and I are most definitely not Mormon, nor any other religion for that matter. We lived in Holladay (SLC suburb), in a VERY predominantly LDS neighborhood from 1993 to 2002 and we absolutely loved it.
We didn't know a single person in Salt Lake when we moved there. Our neighbors learned very quickly that we simply had no interest in converting. They were always great neighbors who invited us to lots of gatherings and didn't mind at all when we brought and consumed alcohol. We developed many friends with similar interests through work and skiing and hiking and climbing and so on.
From an outdoor recreation standpoint, there can't be a city in the US with more options nearby. The benefits of living in the SLC area so far outweigh whatever tiny, infinitesimal annoyances are associated with the religion that it isn't even a contest.
If I were ever again in a situation where I needed to live in a major city, I'd choose Salt Lake in a heartbeat.
People who rule it out based on hearsay are really missing the boat.